First Thoughts – Trulia Mobile App for Agents
Raj Qsar, Principal/Owner
Premier Orange County Real Estate
When Chris Smith asked if we would do a short review for Inman Next on the new Trulia App for Agents I was pretty pumped up! It has been a few days now that I have been running with the new mobile app and here are my initial thoughts. Easy to use navigation, extremely mobile friendly and there are a few cool features you may want to utilize as an agent when you are with clients or on a broker preview. So here we go!
We love streamline in our office and we love it when mobile apps keep it simple. And simple it is! Six main buttons on the home screen once you log in with your Trulia information (see screen shot). If you currently use Trulia to showcase your listings with Trulia Local Ads or Trulia Pro then log in with your Trulia account info and you will receive all your leads in one easy to find location (see screen shot). All your contacts are seamlessly imported from your contacts on your phone (cool, but wish it would link with Facebook & Twitter contacts) and the GPS function seamlessly pulls up all homes for sale in your surrounding area (see screen shot). Also, attached to ach individual listing is a “Neaby Amenities” GPS search with pulls up such hotspots as food, shopping, gas, schools & banks.
One of the new features on this app is the ability to “check in” to the listings that you visit (see screen shot), similar to foursquare or facebook places. You can also see other agents who have “checked in” nearby to the same listing or nearby listings (so hurry up and write that offer)! Trulia awards you with 10 points for checking into a listing and you can gauge your points on their leaderboard, which ranks the agents who have checked into similar listings. My team is a big fan of checking into listings and we have actually coded our website and each listing to have a facebook place. You can check it out our listing “The Crown Jewel of Vista Del Verde” or our listing at 4058 Hoosier Lawn Way in Yorba Linda and then click on the facebook place icon. Checking In allows other agents, buyers and even the sellers to check into their own home on facebook and “spread the word.” When you check-in on Trulia it stays on Trulia…bummer! We would love a facebook integration of this check in so it could easily post to your wall or better yet your business page (but we are working on this now – see screen shot).
Overall, the new Trulia App for Agents is easy to use, mobile friendly and seems to be in its infancy but may be a step or two ahead of other big name real estate apps. Dreaming for a GPS locator of recently closed sales, a “Hot Sheet” of recent “Just-Listed” homes and social media integration.